The city hall is located in the heart of Heidelberg's Old Town.
A "citizen's pride" after its completion in 1890, today only a few people know the meeting hall of the city council. The fact that the Great Hall of the City Council was a special attraction of the city, which at that time had 30,000 inhabitants, can be easily understood by today's visitors when they enter this room. In its historicist appearance in the form of the Neo-Renaissance, the magnificently furnished hall with wood panelling and paintings is a telling testimony to the representative interior architecture in public buildings of its time.
At the same time, it documents in many ways interesting developments in Heidelberg's urban and architectural history. It was the sharp increase in administrative activity during the economic upswing of the city after the War of 1870/71 that made the expansion of the city hall urgently necessary.
The turning point in the building's history came with a fire that thoroughly destroyed the Neo-Renaissance corner building adjacent to the Great Hall of the City Hall on the night of Shrove Monday in 1908. After this unplanned "liberation" from uncertainty in architectural judgment, the damaged building wing was unceremoniously demolished. The way is now clear for Kuhn's city hall extension in the neoclassical style, which still exists today.